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Grateful DeadGrateful Dead Live at Veterans' Memorial Coliseum on 1981-05-12 (May 12, 1981)

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Collection: GratefulDead
Band/Artist: Grateful Dead
Date: May 12, 1981 (check for other copies)
Venue: Veterans' Memorial Coliseum
Location: New Haven, CT

Source: Soundboard
Lineage: SBD> Master Cassette> Cassette > DAT> CDR
Keywords: Live concert


Description

Alabama Getaway-> Greatest Story Ever Told, Peggy-O, Cassidy, It Must Have Been The Roses, Me & My Uncle-> Big River, Althea-> Little Red Rooster, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider Shakedown Street-> Looks Like Rain, Ship of Fools, Estimated Prophet-> He's Gone*-> Drums-> The Other One-> Wharf Rat-> Sugar Magnolia, E: Don't Ease Me In

Notes

SBD> Master Cassette> Cassette > DAT> CDR; via Jeff M.

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Reviewer: Deadly Icy Calm - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - February 7, 2014
Subject: Don't Read This!
Don't read reviews before you listen if you've never heard the show or haven't heard it in a long time. This show is damn good. If any one of you were at the show you'd be having a great time and you know it. (~);}
Reviewer: boxorox - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - July 23, 2007
Subject: Great Althea
One of the best versions of my favorite song, with superb soundboard quality.
Reviewer: L. Rosley - 3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars - March 9, 2007
Subject: Below par first set, average second
This is not one of the better shows of the year, or even of the spring of '81. During much of the show, Jerry sounds tired in his vocals and uninspired in his playing, particularly in the first set. He runs out of ideas on the slide during Red Rooster, which actually sounds grating. Brent's Lite Rock keyboard setting detracts from an otherwise decent China Cat. Shakedown Streen is definately not one of the better performances of the year. The many minutes of the singers repeating the phrase "just gotta poke around," over and over and over to no particular effect, is just plan annoying. The Shakedown jam goes nowhere.

Things pick up with Estimated Prophit, which isn't bad and has a nice jam at the end. Jerry recovers on He's Gone, which is down well and also ends in an interesting jam. The Other One is good, though Bob isn't at his best on vocals. Wharf Rat is solid. None of this is outstanding, but it is enjoyable, unlike a lot of what came before Estimated.
Reviewer: direwolf600 - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - May 26, 2005
Subject: Doing right by Bob
Set 1: Standard but solid versions of Getaway>Greatest story, Cassidy, Roses. The Me and My Uncle>Big River is nothing special but I am a sucker for this pairing, its also nothing less than a very good version. Actually the Big River really does kickass, there were just so many of em. Althea is beautiful. 81 is when the song took on its full body for the first time imho. A dynomite China>Rider to close out the set.
Shakedown seems to have been blessed with so much funk that even poor versions come off well. This one comes of crazy funkdafied. Jerry's is on point for the rest of the night from this point as is Phil, Bobby...Brent was on from the first note...Its not terribly long but who cares. Really a super tight version of L.L. Rain, Jerry thumps around on the mu-tron+chorus for a bit. Ship, ehh, its a nice song and everything, and just being done well doesn't mean its gonna fit the pace of the set, like here, imo. For me E. Prophet peaked in its first year and never made it back but this is a very strong jam out into....
Absolutely the most breath taking He's Gone you'll ever hear. Jerry sounds like a 75 year old gospel singer from alabama. There may be a few versions you think are better, but they weren't for Bob. The second half of drums is really stellar. You've got to lively teases in space, short and to the point. From here on out...its full speed ahead johnny.
The drop into TOO is bone-chilling and the jam is bone shattering. It really just melts into a very nice kicking Wharf Rat. Bobs voice is starting to give by sugarmags but he holds on and they do a solid rendition. I really love Jerry's rediscovery of the wah on Sugar. Gotta love don't ease encores, especially with a little Marley appreciation before getting going. Too many 5s going around. Its not one of the tops ever, but its certainly one level down from the tops, imho
Reviewer: coooltrane - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - February 1, 2005
Subject: a great early 80's show.
The dedication to Marley is nice during He's Gone. There are several Lively Up Yourself teases during Space.

A great sounding, nice performance.
Reviewer: coooltrane - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - February 1, 2005
Subject: a great early 80's show.
The dedication to Marley is nice during He's Gone. There are several Lively Up Yourself teases during Space.

A great sounding, nice performance.
Reviewer: onelove - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - April 28, 2004
Subject: 5/12/81
An emotionally charged show with a special He's gone tribute for Bob Marley the day after his death. Great sound quality!

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